To help heal some wounds, there are surgeons who have decided to revive a treatment born in ancient Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Although it is an old method for treating wounds, trials that used real people proved that it works.
Based on the studies, it is discovered that sugar is effective because it draws water out of the wound through osmosis therefore drying the wound bed, promoting growth of new tissue, and disinfecting the wound.
All these actions result to a faster healing wound.
Sugar for Wounds
Since the bacteria cannot thrive without water, they will die when they become dehydrated. This means they cannot reproduce and they will disappear completely. Infection is eliminated using sugar. For better results, sugar is mixed with honey, which can facilitate the healing process. Honey’s viscosity improves the penetration of the substances into the wound. Plus, the sweetener also has antibacterial properties. Some people replace honey with cooking oil and petroleum jelly for treating wounds, which also work the same.
How to Use Sugar for Wounds
There are many ways to take advantage of sugar’s ability to speed up wound healing, such as:
1. According to proponents of sugar for wound treatment, a simple salve applied directly to the wound and a loose cover around it can have the best effect. Make sure though that the wound has already stopped bleeding before applying sugar.
2. In emergency situations, simply sprinkling sugar granules all over the wound can help avoid serious infection. It is required to wash the wound with clean water before reapplying sugar, which is usually two to four times a day.
3. Create a paste by mixing sugar with 10% solution of povidone iodine. Apply the mixture directly onto the wound.
4. Mix two tablespoons of sugar and glycerin until you form a thick paste. Take your gauze and cover it with enough petroleum jelly. Cover the wound loosely with the gauze and place the sugar and glycerin combination over the wound. Cover the paste complete with a gauze and make sure that you change the dressing every two to four days.
Most wounds need to be covered after applying sugar onto them. However, if you’re treating puncture wounds, it is advised that you leave them open to speed up the healing process. Sugar can help treat almost every kind of wound, but it will not be effective if you take it orally. Sugar can cause addiction and its negative effects to our health cannot be overstated.